Onset



[on-set, awn-] /ˈɒnˌsɛt, ˈɔn-/

noun
1.
a beginning or start:
the onset of winter.
2.
an assault or attack:
an onset of the enemy.
3.
Phonetics. the segment of a syllable preceding the nucleus, as the gr in great.
Compare (def 5), 1 (def 14).
/ˈɒnˌsɛt/
noun
1.
an attack; assault
2.
a start; beginning
n.

1530s, “attack, assault,” from on + set (n.); cf. to set (something) on (someone). Weaker sense of “beginning, start” first recorded 1560s. Figurative use in reference to a calamity, disease, etc. is from 1580s.

onset on·set (ŏn’sět’)
n.
A beginning; a start, as of a cold.

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